Feb. 15, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The USTFCCCA announced the men's and women's teams who earned 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status today revealing both men's and women's Western Carolina cross country teams earning this elite academic status.
A total of 147 institutions represent 30 conferences that compose the group. The Big East Conference had the most squads make the list with 11. The Big 12 followed with eight. The Southern Conference placed eight schools on the list with Western Carolina one of six to make both men's and women's lists.
Chattanooga's men's team reported the highest cumulative team GPA in the country through the fall 2011 semester at 3.81. On the women's side, Alabama reported the nation's highest GPA at 3.83.
Seven of the top ten finishing teams at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status. Of the 31 teams that participated in the national meet, 20 of those earned All-Academic status.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
"One of our goals every season is to be an All-Academic Team," said head coach Danny Williamson. "Our kids work very hard in the classroom as well as running mile after mile on a daily basis. This is a great reward for what they do outside of athletics."
Western Carolina's men posted a 3.15 GPA while the women posted a 3.38 GPA.